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The Franks Complete 41 Years of Service in Turkey

     Global Ministries Committee of the United Church of Christ Southern California Nevada Conference and the Disciples’ Pacific Southwest Region is happy to announce that missionaries Elizabeth and Kenneth Frank will be available for visits to congregations of the Conference and Region for the period March 18 to April 22, 2012. 

     The Franks are completing 41 years of service overseas and have been in Turkey since 1982.  Recently they have been helping with aid to earthquake victims there.  Originally they served at the American Collegiate Institute, where Ken first taught math and later directed the school and Betty was senior librarian.  Now they work with graduates of American Board (UCC) schools in maintaining the former American Board schools and hospital in Turkey. They are involved in Muslim-Christian dialogue, refugee/migrant work and ecumenical relations.

     Ken authored a book with a Muslim friend, Adil Ozdemir, a member at that time of the Islamic Theological Faculty in Izmir.  Titled Visible Islam in Modern Turkey, the book, Ken said, is “a unique product of our Christian-Muslim dialogue as authors.”

     Prior to work in Turkey the Franks served in Zambia where they were involved in education.  Both of them were raised in California, Ken in San Bruno and Betty in Pasadena.  Betty is a graduate of Scripps College and Ken of Harvey Mudd College.  She has a graduate degree in libray science and both have degrees from Claremont School of Theology.

     The Franks have two adult children, who were born in Izmir and are graduates of the American Collegiate Institute there.  Betty and Ken complete there work in January of 2012 and will retire in Claremont.

     The missionaries will be available for Sunday morning services, for women’s, men’s or youth groups, church dinners, etc.  Usually a meal is expected.  The Franks will have their own transportation in most instances.  At distant locations from Claremont overnight housing may be needed.  We ask that inquiries be directed to the Conference office.  For scheduling we request that the office contact Steve Patten at patten@damien-hs.edu or 909-626-5811.

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